As a former Austin resident (“Keep Austin Weird!”), I'm happy to be heading down I-35 from Fort Worth to attend the Lean Software Austin gathering on January 17, 2011.
What do I know about software? Not much. But I'll be there to talk about general lean culture and lean management methods, leading a discussion about the most appropriate way to learn from manufacturing practices – including my experience in helping healthcare people understand what applies and what's transferrable.
From the event description:
Critics often mis-state lean principles or highlight cases of “lean done wrong” – or what has been described as L.A.M.E. or “Lean As Misguidedly Executed” an admittedly awkward acronym coined by this month's speaker. Organizations that mindlessly force tools on employees, use lean to drive layoffs, or focus on speed over quality, give “Real Lean” (a term coined by author Bob Emiliani) a bad name.
Austin's Lean Software community welcomes Mark Graban, a blogger, author, and consultant for healthcare organizations that are embracing the Lean philosophy. Mark will share his experiences working with hospitals after beginning his career in the manufacturing sector. Starting the talk with a vivid case example from a hospital, we will have an informal discussion about the role of systems and processes in delivering quality, as well as the critical nature of a management system and culture in lean transformation efforts. Expect a robust discussion about the proper, thoughtful transfer of methods from one industry to another, including software and “lean startups.”
Hope to see you there.
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